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Denny Hamlin wins Xfinity Series’ ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway

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Denny Hamlin led all but two laps on his way to winning the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway for his 12th career Xfinity Series win.

Hamlin and his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota won from the pole, the fourth time he’s done so but the first time he’s done it away from Darlington Raceway.

“There’s not much you could complain about,” Hamlin said. “The car was flawless and this reminds me a lot of the night I had in Cup a few years ago where we led every lap but one I think and we had a flat tire with 15 laps to go. So it reminded me of that and we were just thinking about all the scenarios in your head of how you’re going to lose it, but luckily all the cautions fell the way we needed them to and we were able to get a victory.”

With Hamlin’s win, Toyota now has 100 in Xfinity Series since joining the series in 2007.

Hamlin also delivered Joe Gibbs Racing its 100th win in the Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2012.

“It’s such a big weekend for everyone at Toyota and I didn’t know that they had 99 wins,” Hamlin said. “They told me before the race, ‘Hey, if things go well, it’s 100.’ I’m like, ‘Whoa, whoa. Don’t.’ I’m very superstitious when it comes to that kind of stuff. I didn’t know when it was 99 on the Cup side for JGR.”

Joey Logano finished second and was followed by Regan Smith, Erik Jones and Chase Elliott.

Friday’s win was Hamlin’s first in the Xfinity Series since winning at Richmond in 2011.

Logano started and came in second a week after leading every lap on the way to the win at Bristol Motor Speedway

“(Hamlin) was just so fast,” Logano said. “We had nothing for him. We had a second place Discount Tire Ford Mustang and that is right where we finished. We knew he was fast in practice and it transferred right over. I know what it is like to be on the other end of the butt whooping and it isn’t as much fun from this side.”

How Hamlin won: Hamlin started from the pole and only gave up the lead twice, edged by Brian Scott at the line on a mid-race restart, and Elliott Sadler led one lap during green flag pit stops.

Who else had a good day: Regan Smith was the highest finishing Xfinity regular, placing third after starting eighth. After a career best second-place finish last weekend at Bristol, Daniel Suarez followed it by finishing sixth at Richmond. Suarez stayed steady at 10th in the points standings.

Who had a bad day: Chris Buescher, who came into Friday’s race on top of the points standing, finished 20th, three laps down. He is now third, 11 points behind Ty Dillon and three points behind Chase Elliott. … Kevin Harvick’s stretch of 29 Xfinity Series races with a top-10 finish was snapped. Harvick finished in 18th, two laps down after his car experienced technical problems after a Lap 139 restart. His 29-race streak is second to Sam Ard’s stretch of 42 races from 1983-84.

Notables: Hamlin’s win was the 22nd straight at Richmond by a Sprint Cup regular and it was his third Xfinity win at the track. The victory was the seventh for the Toyota Camry in Xfinity competition at Richmond.

Quote of the Day: Joey Logano on winner Denny Hamlin: “He just toyed with me all night long. Now I know what it feels like to be on the other end of it after last weekend.”

What’s next: Winn-Dixie 300 on Saturday, May 2, at Talladega Superspeedway

Unofficial Results for ToyotaCare 250:

1. Denny Hamlin … 250 laps
2. Joey Logano … 250 laps
3. Regan Smith … 250 laps
4. Erik Jones … 250 laps
5. Chase Elliott … 250 laps
6. Daniel Suarez … 250 laps
7. Brian Scott … 250 laps
8. Austin Dillon … 250 laps
9. Ty Dillon … 249 laps
10. Landon Cassill … 249 laps
11. Brendan Gaughan … 249 laps
12. Darrell Wallace Jr. … 249 laps
13. Brennan Poole … 249 laps
14. Jeremy Clements … 249 laps
15. Aric Almirola … 249 laps
16. Elliott Sadler … 249 laps
17. Ross Chastain … 248 laps
18. Kevin Harvick … 248 laps
19. J.J. Yeley … 248 laps
20. Chris Buescher … 247 laps
21. Ryan Reed … 247 laps
22. Harrison Rhodes … 246 laps
23. Mike Bliss … 246 laps
24. Blake Koch … 246 laps
25. Cale Conley… 246 laps
26. Joey Gase … 246 laps
27. Dakoda Armstrong … 246 laps
28. Dylan Lupton … 246 laps
29. David Starr … 245 laps
30. Branadon Gdovic … 245 laps
31. Ryan Sieg … 244 laps
32. Peyton Sellers … 241 laps
33. Jimmy Weller …  240 laps
34. Carlos Contreras … 238 laps
35. Derrike Cope … 234 laps
36. Eric McClure … 205 laps
37. Carl Long … 43 laps
38. Timmy Hill … 31 laps
39. Mike Harmon … 3 laps
40. Jeff Green … 2 laps

Time of Race: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes and 47 Seconds

Average Speed:  101.550 mph

Margin of Victory: 3.719 seconds

Caution Flags: 3 for 24 laps

Lead changes: 4 among 3 drivers

Denny Hamlin wins pole for Xfinity Series’ ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway

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The No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing car will start its fourth straight Xfinity Series race from the pole Friday night in the ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway with Denny Hamlin at the helm.

Hamlin drove to his first Xfinity Series pole since Phoenix in 2012 with a speed of 124.069 mph. Joey Logano (124.018 mph) joins Hamlin on the front row.

Erik Jones, who earned the last three Xfinity poles in the No. 20 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Auto Club Speedway, will start third (122.984 MPH) in the No. 54 car. Finishing out the top five is Aric Almirola (122.912) and Brian Scott (122.783).

QUALIFYING SPEEDS

1. Denny Hamlin … 124.069
2. Joey Logano … 124.018
3. Erik Jones … 122.984
4. Aric Almirola … 122.912
5. Brian Scott … 122.783
6. Kevin Harvick … 122.705
7.  Chase Elliott … 122.683
8. Regan Smith … 122.460
9. Daniel Suarez … 122.266
10.Brennan Poole … 122.089
11. Darrell Wallace Jr. … 121.726
12. Chris Buescher … 121.403
13. Austin Dillon … 122.277
14. Ryan Reed … 122.222
15. Ty Dillon … 122.089
16. Brendan Gaughan … 121.957
17. Elliott Sadler … 121.935
18. Dakoda Armstrong … 121.869
19. Ryan Seig … 121.245
20. Mike Bliss … 121.076
21. Landon Cassill … 120.822
22. Dylan Lupton … 120.342
23. Harrison Rhodes … 122.283
24. Jeff Green … 121.951
25. Blake Koch … 121.638
26. Jeremy Clements …121.638
27. Timmy Hill … 121.490
28. Ross Chastain … 121.158
29. Brandon Gdovic … 121.136
30. Cale Conley … 121.022
31. Carl Long … 120.838
32. J.J. Yeley … 120.687
33. David Starr … 120.606
34. Jimmy Weller … Owner points
35. Eric McClure … Owner points
36. Joey Gase … Owner points
37. Peyton Sellers … Owner points
38. Carlos Contreras … Owner points
39. Derrike Cope … Owner points
40. Mike Harmon … Owner points

Failed to qualify: Morgan Shepherd, Johanna Long

Hamlin, Logano, A. Dillon pace lone Xfinity practice Friday at Richmond

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For drivers looking to compete in Friday night’s ToyotaCare 250, it was a one-and-done proposition earlier in the day at Richmond International Raceway.

As in a rare single practice session before preparing for qualifying and the race itself later the same day.

Denny Hamlin (124.850 mph), Joey Logano (124.441) and Austin Dillon (124.372) were fastest on the speed charts in the extended session that lasted two hours, 10 minutes.

Here’s the results of the solo practice:

1 Denny Hamlin … 124.850 mph … 74 laps

2 Joey Logano … 124.441 … 82 laps

3 Austin Dillon … 124.372 … 85 laps

4 Aric Almirola .. 124.298 … 74 laps

5 Erik Jones … 124.201 … 58 laps

6 Regan Smith … 123.762 … 83 laps

7 Daniel Suarez … 123.706 … 91 laps

8 Kevin Harvick … 123.626 … 64 laps

9 Mike Bliss … 123.243 … 56 laps

10 Ty Dillon … 123.063 … 70 laps

11 Brennan Pole … 122.984 … 122 laps

12 Chase Elliott … 122.962 … 89 laps

13 Brian Scott … 122.867 … 76 laps

14 Ryan Reed … 122.711 … 75 laps

15 Chris Buescher … 122.449 … 87 laps

16 Brendan Gaughan … 122.421 … 58 laps

17 Darrell Wallace Jr. … 122.172 … 77 laps

18 Dakoda Armstrong … 122.133 … 88 laps

19 Elliott Sadler … 122.089 … 76 laps

20 Landon Cassill … 122.073 … 66 laps

21 JJ Yeley … 121.583 … 61 laps

22 Ryan Sieg … 121.463 … 96 laps

23 Blake Koch … 121.425 … 52 laps

24 Ross Chastain … 121.397 … 43 laps

25 Harrison Rhodes … 121.337 … 31 laps

26 Carl Long … 121.027 … 11 laps

27 Brandon Gdovic … 120.968 … 94 laps

28 Cale Conley … 120.832 … 58 laps

29 David Starr … 120.741 … 53 laps

30 Dylan Lupton … 120.735 … 106 laps

31 Jeremy Clements … 120.299 … 64 laps

32 Timmy Hill … 120.654 … 44 laps

33 Eric McClure … 120.299 … 64 laps

34 Jimmy Weller … 119.016 … 58 laps

35 Joey Gase … 118.848 … 35 laps

36 Morgan Shepherd … 118.437 … 17 laps

37 Carlos Contreras … 117.760 … 59 laps

38 Jeff Green … 117.580 … 15 laps

39 Derrike Cope … 117.514 … 29 laps

40 Peyton Sellers … 116.344 … 34 laps

41 Mike Harmon … 114.611 … 18 laps

42 Johanna Long … 114.088 … 29 laps

 

Best 10 Consecutive Lap Average:

1 Denny Hamlin … 121.934

2 Regan Smith … 121.855

3 Joey Logano … 121.434

4 Chase Elliott … 121.334

5 Landon Cassill … 121.172

6 Brian Scott .. 121.150

7 Erik Jones … 121.031

8 Daniel Suarez … 120.931

9 Kevin Harvick … 120.916

10 Chris Buescher … 120.878

11 Ryan Reed … 120.762

12 Ty Dillon … 120.646

13 Elliott Sadler … 120.343

14 Ryan Sieg … 120.155

15 Austin Dillon … 120.052

16 Dylan Lupton … 119.708

17 Brennan Pole … 119.598

18 Cale Conley … 119.519

19 Brendan Gaughan … 119.117

20 Jeremy Clements … 117.982

21 Blake Koch … 117.869

22 Brandon Gdovic … 117.526

23 Jimmy Weller … 117.440

24 Timmy Hill … 117.167

25 Ross Chastain … 117.167

26 Carlos Contreras … 114.609

27 David Starr … 113.717

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Entry list for the NASCAR Xfinity Series ToyotaCare 250 race at Richmond International Raceway

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There are 41 cars entered into the field for the Xfinity Series’ Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway.

Sprint Cup stars in the field include Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logano and Austin Dillon.

Here is the entry list:

0-Harrison Rhodes (Chevrolet/TeamJDMotorsports.com)
01-Landon Cassill (Chevrolet/Flex Seal)
1-Elliott Sadler (Ford/OneMain Financial)
2-Brian Scott (Chevrolet/Safeway + Reser’s)
3-Ty Dillon (Chevrolet/Yuengling Light)
4-Ross Chastain (Chevrolet/watermelon.org)
6-Darrell Wallace Jr. (Ford/Bleacher Report)
7-Regan Smith (Chevrolet/Breyers)
8-Blake Koch (Toyota/TBD)
9-Chase Elliott (Chevrolet/NAPA Auto Parts)
10-Jeff Green (Toyota/TriStar Motorsports)
13-Timmy Hill (Toyota/Braille Battery + Grafoid)
14-Cale Conley (Toyota/IAVA)
15-Carlos Contreras (Chevrolet/BYB)
16-Ryan Reed (Ford/Lilly + American Diabetes Association)
18-Daniel Suarez (Toyota/Arris)
19-Mike Bliss (Toyota/TBD)
20-Denny Hamlin (Toyota/Hisense)
22-Joey Logano (Ford/Discount Tire)
24-Eric McClure (Toyota/Hefty Easy Grip Cups)
25-Dylan Lupton (Chevrolet/Zaxby’s)
28-JJ Yeley (Toyota/Texas 28 Spirits Stage)
33-Austin Dillon (Chevrolet/Rheem)
39-Ryan Sieg (Chevrolet/Vuzix)
40-Derek White (Dodge/Braille Battery + Grafoid)
42-Brennan Poole (Chevrolet/DC Solar)
43-Dakoda Armstrong (Ford/WinField)
44-David Starr (Toyota/Zachry)
51-Jeremy Clements (Chevrolet/RepairableVehicles.com + AllSouthElectric.com)
52-Joey Gase (Chevrolet/TBA)
54-Erik Jones (Toyota/Monster Energy)
55-Brandon Gdovic (Chevrolet/WindStax)
60-Chris Buescher (Ford/Roush Performance Products)
62-Brendan Gaughan (Chevrolet/South Point)
70-Derrike Cope (Chevrolet/Nature Nate’s Honey + Zilla Wraps)
74-Mike Harmon (Dodge/TBA)
88-Kevin Harvick (Chevrolet/Hunt Brothers Pizza)
89-Morgan Shephered (Chevrolet/Courtney Construction)
90-Jimmy Weller (Chevrolet/Geneva Liberty Steel)
97-Peyton Sellers (Chevrolet/Obaika Racing)
98-Aric Almirola (Ford/Smithfield)

Kevin Harvick dominates en route to Hisense 250 Xfinity race win at Atlanta

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Kevin Harvick made it three Xfinity Series wins in a row at Atlanta Motor Speedway, dominating in Saturday’s Hisense 250.

In winning a track-record fourth Xfinity race, Harvick led 101 laps of the 163-lap event.

“That [last] pit stop is what won this race,” Harvick told Fox Sports 1. “Joey probably had a little bit better car in the second half of the run, and it really played out for us there at the end as we were able to have that short run and take off.”

“I knew I needed to take off. I thought his car was a little bit better as we got to about Lap 20 and he started to reel us in from that point on. … Awesome pit stops all day long. We were able to make up ground on that last pit stop, and now we can enjoy a cold Budweiser in Victory Lane.”

Joey Logano finished second, followed by Ty Dillon, Chris Buescher and Chase Elliott.

“It’s racing, we did everything we can do,” Logano said. “As a team, we tried our hardest.”

Saturday was Logano’s fifth career Xfinity Series start at AMS. He’s finished runner-up the last two times there, preceded by three consecutive sixth-place finishes.

“I’m gonna keep running this Xfinity race until I win here,” Logano quipped. “I keep running it every year and I finish second every year. I’m so close. So, I’m gonna keep doing it until I get it.”

Finishing order:

1. Kevin Harvick … 101 laps led
2. Joey Logano … 59 laps led
3. Ty Dillon
4. Chris Buescher
5. Chase Elliott
6. Paul Menard
7. Brian Scott
8. Matt Kenseth … 3 laps led
9. Regan Smith
10. Kyle Larson
11. Darrell Wallace Jr.
12. Brendan Gaughan
13. Erik Jones
14. Daniel Suarez
15. Sam Hornish Jr.
16. Ryan Reed
17. Landon Cassill
18. Elliott Sadler
19. JJ Yeley
20. Dakoda Armstrong
21. Jeremy Clements
22. Blake Koch
23. Ryan Sieg
24. Ross Chastain
25. Mike Bliss
26. David Starr
27. John Wes Townley
28. Eric McClure
29. Chris Cockrum
30. Joey Gase
31. Cody Ware
32. Jeffrey Earnhardt
33. Jimmy Weller
34. Harrison Rhodes
35. Cale Conley
36. Derrike Cope
37. Mike Harmon
38. Josh Reaume
39. Carl Long
40. Morgan Shepherd

More to come

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